Steamboat Springs Beating Breckenridge 2-1 in the opening game of last weekend's state hockey tournament at South Suburban Ice Arena was just what the sixth-seeded Steamboat Chix with Stix were hoping for.
The win gave the team, which was the lowest seed and expected to bow out in the first round, new life.
The Chix upset the No. 3-seeded Breckenridge team in the contest 2-1 and in the process earned the right to advance out of the squad's pool and play on Sunday.
The Steamboat team took the lead over Breckenridge in the first period when Cathy Wiedemer, who was assisted by Diane Dwire, beat the Breckenridge goalkeeper to the punch.
Breckenridge evened the score in the second period to set up an edge-of-your-seat finish in the third.
The Chix captured the win after Heidi Chapman netted the game-winning goal at the 2:52-mark of the game. Wiedemer and Dwire assisted on the goal.
The win put the Cinderella Chix into a great position in the tournament, but the team wouldn't capitalize in the final few games and ended up in the consolation championship game playing for third and fourth.
The Chix were 1-2 in the division after suffering losses to Aspen and the Bandits.
On Sunday, the team fell to Aspen in the consolation championship game 5-1 and placed fourth overall in the tournament.
Alexa Slaunwhite (assisted by Jen Rose and Dwire) scored the goal against the Bandits. Chapman, assisted by Beth Leys, netted the goal against Aspen.
The Denver Bandits went on to win the title in the championship game against second-place Vail. Aspen's win over Steamboat gave the Mother Puckers third and the Chix fourth. Breckenridge came in fifth and the Flames were sixth in the final tournament standings.
The Women's Association of Colorado Hockey State Championship marked the end of the 2001-2002 season for the women's teams, including the Chix. Steamboat entered the tournament with a 6-12-3 record and the bottom seed.